Posted by: greercn | November 23, 2016

The Accountant

Accountants can be murderers, especially when they work for criminals? Who knew?

People with Asperger’s syndrome may find it easier to kill others. Again, who knew?

This is all nonsense, but “The Accountant” presents a completely crazy view of the world. It’s hard to tell whether accountancy and autism are being made more attractive or just plain belonging to an imaginary film universe.

Ben Affleck is compelling to watch as Christian, a mathematical prodigy with limited people skills. Anna Kendrick and John Lithgow are also very good in their significant parts.

Robert C. Treveiler packs an emotional punch in his scenes as the dad to young Christian. But the conclusions drawn from these early scenes make no sense. No spoilers here, but the audience is manipulated, and this limits the impact it may have on you.

For me, this worked much better when it was in action mode. Be warned that it is very violent.

The audience at the Stratford East Picturehouse all enjoyed this much more than I did, as did my friend who is an accountant.

But I felt there were too many impossibilities on offer here. And what I was watching did not compel me to suspend my disbelief.

I really believe that the vast majority of accountants and of people with Asperger’s do not kill.

If you can stomach lots of violence, there is a great deal that is original here and there are great performances by all the actors.

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